So here it was at my former home at the front door.
|Planter/Water garden at former home.|
I moved this fountain on my own before the movers came because I have worked years on establishing the water plants in this mini-wonderland. I wasn't about to let just anymore move it. I even rented a truck to help me.
At first I put it near my front entrance, but moved it once again about a week ago to a location on the back of my property near where I walk my dogs. I have placed a little table and chairs here as well. Nice place for an afternoon beverage.
The little spitting frog that helps keep the water circulating in the water garden had gotten kinda, well, trashed. So yesterday, I unplugged him and took him into my studio for a quick renovation. Here is what he looked like.
I decided to use craft paints to bring him back to life. I also wanted to bring the bamboo back to life. Without a little paint to protect it, I am sure it was well on it's way to rotting. I just kinda went to town with several shades of green, brown and blonde.
|Started with a base color and added color building textures. Added a little bamboo look as well.|
Finished him off with a little gold to bring back the vertiginous look.
Here is the Before and After side by side for comparison. Big difference and it took just a few minutes! I could have gotten all annoyed by the lack of detail on the lily pad. But I just let it go knowing that it wouldn't really matter. We have to remember to do that sometimes. Working something too hard at time just kills the fun.
I bought him a new pump to give him an even fresher look, and quickly placed him back in his world. Here is is spitting away!!
Look at him down there spittin' away! He got his ribbet back baby and is lovin' it. Don't be hating on my for that black cord showing. I ran out of steam and have to go back and hide it under the white rocks. Saving that for a cool afternoon. The Heat! Phew! It's hot out there people!
Do you have something in your garden that the weather has taken it's toll on? It is amazing what a little craft paint can do to spruce up even the most worn elements. I don't know about you, but I think garden accents cost a pretty penny! Might as well get my money's worth for yet another season!